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The Sustainable Development Festival

The Sustainable Development Festival is a national awareness-raising campaign launched by the Alliance every year to promote and spread a culture of sustainability among the Italian society.

The 2017 Festival represented the first experience of its kind in Italy, stretching across all national territory for 17 days, one for each Sustainable Development Goal, from May 22nd to June 7th. The success of the campaign was made possible thanks to the efforts and contributions of ASviS’s network of civil society institutions and organizations as well as of its own Secretariat: a truly extraordinary endeavour, which drew public attention to the 2030 Agenda by calling upon the participation and enthusiasm of all segments of society.

The 2017 Festival featured 221 events that scattered across the peninsula, touching upon big cities and small towns and villages alike. A massive turnout of people joined us in conferences, workshops, seminars, flash mobs, games and shows. The Festival involved a total of 2300 speakers, including the Italian Prime Minister, and saw the participation of high-level representatives such as the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella and the President of the Chamber of Deputies Laura Boldrini. Italian citizens were also extremely active and responsive online, since the Festival’s messages reached over 4 million users on Twitter and Facebook, while this website and the one dedicated to the Festival were accessed by 110 thousand people in little over two weeks.

The Festival truly left no one behind. Not only did it give voice to experts and professionals, but it also appealed to the younger generations with over 80 events organized by the Italian Network of Universities for Sustainable Development (Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile, RUS) and a national contest for students, “Let’s score 17 goals. Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, organized by ASviS and the Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR), which involved more than 200 schools. ASviS also supported the contest “Youth in Action for Sustainable Development Goals”, organized by Fondazione Italiana Accenture, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli to reward young innovators under the age of 30 for the most original projects contributing to the achievement of the SDGs.

Among all of the events, three were organized and directly managed by ASviS’s Secretariat. The first took place in Naples at the Royal Palace’s Court theatre and was addressed to civil society. The conference “2030 Italy: leaving no one behind!” drew attention on the fight against all forms of inequality and saw the participation, among others, of the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, the Minister of Labour and Social Policies and the Minister for Territorial Cohesion and Southern Italy.

The second event “Business and finance: the engines of sustainable development” took place in Milan at the UniCredit Pavilion. The conference focused on the private sector’s contribution to the achievement of the SDGs and saw the participation of the Minister of Economic Development and the Minister of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea. During the event, a number of representatives of the Italian business sector signed a joint declaration, “Italian businesses united for the Sustainable Development Goals”, committing to the achievement of the SDGs for an equitable and inclusive economic growth.

The Italian Chamber of Deputies hosted the Festival’s closing event, “2030 Italy: a sustainably-developing country”. On that occasion, ASviS handed the results of the Festival to the Government and national institutions in the presence of the highest-level Government officials. It is worth mentioning that, in presenting the contents of the soon-to-be-approved National Sustainable Development Strategy, the Prime Minister endorsed many of the Alliance’s proposals concerning the governance of the Strategy, such as the driving role of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers over such a cross-cutting priority for the future of the Country.

The outcome of the first Sustainable Development Festival went beyond our own expectations, proving that the Italian society is ready to join forces to shape a better common future. This gives us the enthusiasm and inspiration to persist in raising our voices for sustainable development and to continue celebrating and advocating it at least until 2030, leaving no one behind.

 

Updated: October 2017

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